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Jenkins: Obama and the Smartphone Wars. Riots database of 2.5m tweets reveals complex picture of interaction. A shop is set on fire in Croydon, London.

Riots database of 2.5m tweets reveals complex picture of interaction

Anecdotal evidence suggests BlackBerry Messenger was also used by some rioters to disseminate messages inciting unrest. Photograph: Sang Tan/AP When David Cameron addressed an emergency session of parliament convened in the aftermath of four consecutive nights of rioting and looting across England, he quickly turned to the supposed role played by social media. "Everyone watching these horrific actions will be struck by how they were organised via social media," the prime minister told the House. "We are working with the police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality. " His claims were backed by some MPs and senior police, who revealed they had considered switching off social network sites at the height of the disturbances, but were unsure of their legal powers.

Detangling the Windows Phone Tango talk. Even though the Windows Phone Mango operating system is still not in consumers' hands or phones, talk has turned to the next version of the OS, codenamed "Tango.

Detangling the Windows Phone Tango talk

" I blogged earlier this month about what I was hearing from my sources about Tango. In short, my contacts said that Tango would be a minor release (or two) that would target lower-cost phones and be geared, in particular, to address the Asian market. I heard that Nokia would be heavily involved in Tango -- not surprising, given Nokia's focus on broadening the smartphone market to include current feature phone users. Tango would hit some time before Apollo, the Windows Phone 8 release, my contacts said. (Apollo, last I heard, is due in late 2012.) This week, a report about Tango originating from the "We Love Windows Phone" site in Hong Kong -- which I saw via The Next Web -- echoed this same information. Aggregating Without Aggravating   What are the best practices when it comes to collecting the material of other news outlets?

Aggregating Without Aggravating  

Wed. August 24, 2011 By Michaelle Bond Michaelle Bond ( is an AJR editorial assistant. The day after media columnist Simon Dumenco wrote a post commenting on the Twitter buzz surrounding both Apple's iCloud announcement and the Rep. Anthony Weiner scandal, he was indignant to see what he calls a thorough paraphrasing and rewriting of his story on The Huffington Post. "It's a creepy feeling," Advertising Age's "Media Guy" says. The Huffington Post story did link twice to the original piece. Why Michael Robertson of Mp3Tunes deserves our gratitude — Tech News and Analysis (Build 20110814042011) To recap the decision in the Mp3Tunes case, EMI sued the company for what it said were a number of copyright-infringing features of the service — including that users could “sideload” songs to their online lockers, by transferring them directly from online sources such as Amazon, and that the service “de-duplicated” songs stored on its servers, so users who shared a specific song would simply access one copy instead of having to store two separate copies.

Why Michael Robertson of Mp3Tunes deserves our gratitude — Tech News and Analysis (Build 20110814042011)

As with many similar music-sharing lawsuits, EMI also argued that the simple act of copying a song to a cloud service was an infringement of copyright. Cloud-based lockers ruled legal Depending on whom you believe, the court ruling (PDF version here) was either a split decision or a 99-percent victory for Mp3Tunes. EMI said that it was happy about a number of things, including that the court found Robertson personally liable for “sideloading” songs he didn’t own the rights to (because they were from unauthorized sources). Reflections of an ex-Googler. Reflections of an ex-Googler Google.

Reflections of an ex-Googler

It’s the number two most valuable brand in the world. One of the guys who invented the Internet works there. Their revenue hit $9 billion in Q2. Yet, there was something that nagged. Why Apple Went To Dusseldorf. Samsung Galaxy handsets hit by EU ruling. Apple has won another major victory in its ongoing battle with Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy handsets hit by EU ruling

A Dutch court in The Hague today issued a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Ace smartphones, following a hearing on the matter earlier this month. The court said that the Android-based devices violate a software patent that iPhone maker Apple holds in the European Union and that Apple claims Samsung violated. According to FOSS Patents, which first reported on the court decision, the ruling will ban the sale of those devices in a host of EU countries where Apple's patent is valid. However, FOSS Patents says that Apple did not complete the full registration for the patent in many European countries, including Italy, Spain, and Greece, which means Samsung's devices likely won't be banned from those areas. The preliminary injunction against Samsung's phones is set to go into effect in mid-October.

For its part, Samsung didn't seem too concerned by the ruling. Technology Devices Either Sell Big or Die Fast. Google Pays $500 Million in Drug Ad Settlement.